Media stories about L3 Technologies (NYSE:LLL) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern ranks the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. L3 Technologies earned a news sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the aerospace company an impact score of 45.2853867681001 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

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Shares of L3 Technologies (LLL) traded up $1.61 on Friday, hitting $205.36. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 830,864 shares, compared to its average volume of 493,440. The company has a market capitalization of $15,938.13, a price-to-earnings ratio of 24.13, a PEG ratio of 2.58 and a beta of 1.23. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.65, a quick ratio of 1.71 and a current ratio of 1.87. L3 Technologies has a 52-week low of $159.43 and a 52-week high of $218.71.

L3 Technologies (NYSE:LLL) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, January 25th. The aerospace company reported $2.35 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $2.30 by $0.05. The firm had revenue of $2.57 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.55 billion. L3 Technologies had a return on equity of 13.63% and a net margin of 6.37%. The business’s revenue was down 2.6% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $2.38 earnings per share. equities analysts forecast that L3 Technologies will post 9.55 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, March 15th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, March 1st were given a $0.80 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, February 28th. This is a boost from L3 Technologies’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.75. This represents a $3.20 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.56%. L3 Technologies’s payout ratio is 37.60%.

A number of brokerages recently commented on LLL. Zacks Investment Research lowered L3 Technologies from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, March 12th. ValuEngine upgraded L3 Technologies from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, February 2nd. Royal Bank of Canada restated a “buy” rating and issued a $250.00 target price on shares of L3 Technologies in a research note on Wednesday, January 24th. Bank of America upgraded L3 Technologies from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $205.00 target price on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, January 17th. Finally, SunTrust Banks boosted their target price on L3 Technologies to $253.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, January 26th. Five equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, eight have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $215.30.

In other news, Director Thomas A. Corcoran sold 1,546 shares of L3 Technologies stock in a transaction on Tuesday, March 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $207.40, for a total value of $320,640.40. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, insider Michael T. Strianese sold 39,515 shares of L3 Technologies stock in a transaction on Tuesday, January 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $197.04, for a total value of $7,786,035.60. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last quarter, insiders sold 437,983 shares of company stock valued at $90,904,038. 2.90% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

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L3 Technologies Company Profile

L3 Technologies, Inc, formerly L-3 Communications Holdings, Inc, is a prime contractor in Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems, aircraft sustainment, simulation and training, night vision and image intensification equipment and security and detection systems. The Company provides a broad range of communication and electronic systems and products used on military and commercial platforms.

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